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Celebrate a sustainable Christmas this year with IGOLO's gift guide - under £100

Celebrate a sustainable Christmas this year with IGOLO's gift guide - under £100

We've been busy here at IGOLO curating a magical Christmas Collection to help you buy the perfect gifts for friends and family while sticking to our goal of promoting sustainable and ethical companies and their products.

November 21, 2022
Sustainable Home Design Series: The Old Forge with Baker Brown Architects

Sustainable Home Design Series: The Old Forge with Baker Brown Architects

Balancing sustainable materials and reducing the energy demand during and post building construction will always be a difficult measure, especially with the rising cost of materials and of living. A key aspect to look out for is reusing materials locally, but where do you draw the line with being eco-conscious and compromising on quality and cost?

IGOLO has spoken with Tom, the associate director of Baker Brown Architects about their recent project - The Old Forge and how their methods and approaches to design create sustainable and resourceful Architecture. 

November 03, 2022
Sustainable Home Design Series: The Nest House with Studio Bark

Sustainable Home Design Series: The Nest House with Studio Bark

Founded in 2014, Studio Bark is a pioneering architectural practice focused on environmental design that doesn’t break the bank. With multiple standout builds, including their project the Periscope House featured in Channel Four’s Grand Designs, their team is dedicated to creating magnificent builds that are also environmentally conscious. 

Their associate architect Sarah Broadstock joins us to discuss her journey into architecture, and what sustainability means to her.

October 10, 2022
Autumn is here, create an autumnal interior with IGOLO's selection of sustainable products.

Autumn is here, create an autumnal interior with IGOLO's selection of sustainable products.

Now that Autumn is in full swing, it's time to break out the knitted throws and hoards of candles. Nothing makes this season more cosy than having a warm and welcoming home to snuggle up in. IGOLO is now your one-stop-shop for all the things you need to create an autumnal heaven!

October 01, 2022
UK Homes. IGOLO. Eco home. Eco friendly building materials

The top 5 most eco-friendly building materials for a house

When people imagine housing projects, they often envision bricks, concrete, and steel. But are these materials really the gold-standard of construction? 

There are many sustainable materials entering or reentering the limelight as useful and viable options for the construction of homes. With sustainable architecture becoming more popular year-on-year, these are the top five most eco-friendly building materials you could use to build an eco house.

September 19, 2022
Is it Time to Bring Back Thatched Roofs in British Architecture?

Is it Time to Bring Back Thatched Roofs in British Architecture?

With increasing pressures being placed on designers and architects to take climate action, the use of natural materials has grown in popularity. While some materials remain hidden, others such as cob and hemp are fighting their way back into the mainstream. Is the thatched roof a suitable solution to the climate crisis?
September 19, 2022
Design Helsinki: Exploring Scandinavian Interior Design, Sustainability and Finnish Culture

Design Helsinki: Exploring Scandinavian Interior Design, Sustainability and Finnish Culture

The founder of IGOLO, Sophia Major, visited Design Helsinki last week to explore the Finnish capital and indulge in the best of Scandinavian Interior Design. From showrooms and exhibitions, to natural saunas and contemporary restaurants, read on to explore the city and design festival through the eyes of IGOLO’s founder. 

September 07, 2022
September: New Brands Alert!

September: New Brands Alert!

As the weather cools and we drift into autumn, there's nothing better than changing up your space to suit the new season. This week, we've highlighted some of our favourite brands and products which will help you add that extra warmth to your interior this September.
September 01, 2022
Osmo UK: A sustainable finish for wood

Osmo UK: A sustainable finish for wood

In a new article by Osmo, they address precisely the main issue faced by designers, architects, and specifiers: the climate and biodiversity crisis. Osmo UK uses carefully harvested natural oils and hard waxes to create durable and aesthetic finishes for wood.
July 27, 2022
AdesignStorie on Sourcing Consciously for Interior Designs

AdesignStorie on Sourcing Consciously for Interior Designs

Interior design case study - ‘Tiny houses’ in the Scottish Highlands 


Eco-conscious interior designer Alicia Storie, from AdesignStorie, gives us an insight into how she approaches interior design, based on one of her recent projects.
June 23, 2022
7 Easy and practical ways to insulate your home for winter

7 Easy and practical ways to insulate your home for winter

With energy prices only going up this year, learning how to practically insulate your home for less is more important than ever. Not everyone can simply build a sustainably insulated home from scratch, so we’ve compiled a list of 7 things you can do to stay warm this winter without tearing down the entire structure!
May 02, 2022
A row of Victorian terraced houses

How to insulate a Victorian home?

So you want to insulate your Victorian house! Chances are you’re just about fed up with spending a fortune on gas or oil (or however you heat it at present) and you’d like to get it as close to a modern home in terms of insulation as you can.

April 13, 2022